Advanced Bioethics and the Law Seminar/Course

This course focuses on the legal regulation of medical decision-making. Topics will likely include the doctrine of informed consent, decision-making for incompetent patients, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining care, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, assisted reproduction, avoidance of reproduction, and the sale/donation of body parts and services. In examining these various issues, students will consider the content and consistency of current law, the policy goals motivating legal regulation, the impact of technological innovation, and directions for legal reform. Students in the two-credit course will take a final exam, while students in the three-credit seminar will write a substantial research paper. With instructor permission, seminar students may use their paper to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. Prerequisite: Students must either complete the course/seminar in Bioethics or have instructor permission to enroll in this class.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course